Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care Announces Inaugural Asthma & Allergy Awareness Event

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Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care – Dr. Desai: Pandemic funds should help traumatized children
Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care – Dr. Desai: Pandemic funds should help traumatized children

 

Pandemic funds should help traumatized children | Commentary – Orlando Sentinel

For 16-year old-Tobias, remote school during the pandemic meant more time at home in Parramore with his mother, who suffers from acute mental illness. One day, the fighting between them escalated to the point where she threatened to kill the teen. Tobias has begun to self-medicate with marijuana.

James’ dad was barely holding it together before COVID. But when he lost his job due to pandemic-related cutbacks, he became physically abusive, causing his wife to flee to the Coalition for the Homeless with James, 10, and his two younger siblings. Since then, James has been acting aggressively to his peers.

Physical and verbal abuse. Homelessness. A parent in prison. Divorce. The Centers for Disease Control categorizes these and other harmful events as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). The CDC has shown that there is a direct line between a childhood marked by several ACEs and an adulthood of illness, drug abuse, unemployment and often, suicide.

For many children raised in underserved families, like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida members described above, COVID has been an ACE-generating machine. Couple this with the profound learning loss that has disproportionately affected low-income children during COVID, and the pandemic’s greatest toll is likely yet to be realized.

This is why it’s critically important that we prioritize children in how we choose to spend the federal funds, provided through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and other programs, that are practically gushing into Central Florida counties and cities for the purpose of undoing some of the damage wrought by the pandemic.

Through the ARP alone, the largest local distributions include Orange County at $270 million; Seminole County $91 million; Osceola County $71 million; and the City of Orlando $58 million. While the legislation gives great latitude to the governing authorities on how to spend the funds, it suggests prioritizing “evidence-based educational services and practices to address the academic needs of students, including tutoring, summer, afterschool, and other extended learning and enrichment programs; and evidence-based practices to address the social, emotional, and mental health needs of students.”

Marvin and Michael, ages 8 and 10, moved from their home in Carver Shores to a motel when their mother lost her job at IHOP at the start of the pandemic. Until COVID, Marcia had been a consistent caregiver, but now the boys were coming to their Boys & Girls Club hungry, and inhaling their food at mealtime, Marvin to the point of vomiting. Recently, staff was alarmed when Marcia arrived to pick the boys up, frantic and under the influence. They called in social services, who arranged for the children to go home with another family member.

As a pediatrician and chairman of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, I would strongly urge Orange County, the City of Orlando, and other local counties and cities to designate a meaningful portion of the ARP funds to supporting nonprofits that directly benefit the children in our community who were most affected by the pandemic, like those described above. For underserved children living on the margin, Boys & Girls Clubs, Parramore Kids Zone, Orlando Day Nursery and other child-care programs are often the only place they can find emotional and physical safety, academic support, and the positive adult role models who are so critical to development.

The social reformer Frederick Douglass famously said “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” These words, spoken in 1885, could not be truer today.

In the short term, we must continue to fight the spread of the coronavirus with precautions and vaccinations. But in the long term, we must properly fund programs that address the underlying inequality of opportunity for underserved children. Their productive adulthoods, and our community’s future, are at stake.

Dr. Vivek Desai is the Chairman of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and a pediatrician with Night Lite Pediatrics.

Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care Announces Inaugural Asthma & Allergy Awareness Event

Orlando, Fla., August 1 – Night Lite Pediatrics (NLP) is pleased to announce their inaugural, “Asthma & Allergy Awareness Event” to be held on Saturday, September 8th from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will take place at Apopka, Kissimmee/St. Cloud, Jacksonville and Port St Lucie locations. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the symptoms associated with asthma and to provide families in the community with the resources needed to combat this disease.

Asthma is a significant problem nationwide, and many asthma symptoms in children are often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Itis the leading chronic disease affecting children today. In fact, children under five, which is NLP’s main patient demographic, are 80% more likely to develop asthmatic symptoms.

“We are so excited to be hosting this free event to increase asthma awareness and the resources available for families. While there is no cure for asthma, we hope this initiative will move our community and healthcare providers in the right direction”, said Galo Palacio, Event Coordinator.

This event is open to all community members and will feature asthma and allergy education from local health organizations, health screenings, food, giveaways and other fun-filled activities. Prizes for raffle and contest winners will include nebulizers.

For more information on this event, please visit www.nightlitepediatrics.com/asthmaeventor contact Galo Palacio at gpalacio@www.nightlitepediatrics.com

About Night Lite Pediatrics

Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care is Florida’s leading after-hours pediatric practice for outpatient urgent medical care for children and adolescents. We provide after hour pediatric services seven days a week, for patients from newborn-21 years of age. Operated and managed by critical care pediatric doctors, our services are offered in the Greater Orlando area, Jacksonville, and the Treasure Coast. Our clinics are located in: Oakridge, Lake Underhill, Winter Garden, Lake Mary, Kissimmee (The Loop), Oviedo, Doctor Phillips, Apopka, St. Cloud, West Melbourne, Port St. Lucie and Jacksonville-Beach Blvd.

Each center provides patients with on-site laboratory, radiology services, patient observation areas, procedure rooms for the treatment of lacerations and fractures, IV access and spinal taps. We treat minor broken bones, sprains, fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and ear, nose and throat infections. We also treat asthma and respiratory illnesses, as well as chronic conditions such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease and colitis. For more information about Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care, visit www.nightlitepediatrics.com.

Night Lite Pediatrics Announces the Opening of its Clinic in Jacksonville, FL

 Jacksonville, Fla., July 12- Night Lite Pediatrics (NLP), today announced the opening of its newest pediatric urgent care clinic in Jacksonville FL. The clinic, which is located at 11140 Beach Blvd., is now open for families seven days a week from 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on the weekends.

Night Lite Pediatrics offers medical services for patients from newborn to 21 years of age. No appointment is needed for moderate to minor injuries and illnesses including cold/flu, infections, lacerations fractures, allergic reactions and more. The clinic comes equipped with eight rooms, which include two procedure rooms and an on-site lab and x-ray.

“For the past 14 years, NLP has provided compassionate, affordable and convenient pediatric medical care to the communities and visitors in the Orlando Metro area. It brings me great pleasure to be able to expand our model of providing exceptional pediatric care to the families of Jacksonville,” said Dr. Ayodeji B. Otegbeye, Partner at Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care.

Night Lite Pediatric clinics function as an extension of a patient’s primary care provider. With the patient’s permission, any diagnostic notes, lab results, and x-rays can be forwarded to the patient’s primary care pediatrician within 24 hours of their visit. Most insurances are accepted including Medicaid, and for patients without insurance, affordable self-pay rates are offered.

The grand opening celebration will take place on Saturday, Aug 11 from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. and will include a tour of the new location, refreshments, giveaways and fun-filled activities. This event is open to all community members and medical professionals in the area.

For more information on the new Jacksonville location, visit www.nightlitepediatrics.com or call 904-500-KIDS

About Night Lite Pediatrics

Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care is Central Florida’s leading after-hours pediatric practice for outpatient urgent medical care for children and adolescents. We provide after hour pediatric services seven days a week, for patients from newborn-21 years of age. Operated and managed by critical care pediatric doctors, our services are offered in Orlando, Jacksonville and the Treasure Coast. Our clinics are located in the following areas: Oakridge, Lake Underhill, Winter Garden, Lake Mary, Kissimmee (The Loop), Oviedo, Doctor Phillips, Apopka, St. Cloud, West Melbourne, Port St. Lucie and Jacksonville-Beach Blvd.

Each center provides patients with on-site laboratory, radiology services, patient observation areas, procedure rooms for the treatment of lacerations and fractures, IV access and spinal taps. We treat minor broken bones, sprains, fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and ear, nose and throat infections. We also treat asthma and respiratory illnesses, as well as chronic conditions such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease and colitis. For more information about Night Lite Pediatrics, visit www.nightlitepediatrics.com

Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care is Central Florida’s leading after-hours pediatric practice for outpatient urgent medical care for children and adolescents. We provide after hour pediatric services seven days a week, for patients from newborn-21 years of age. Operated and managed by critical care pediatric doctors, our services are offered in Orlando, Jacksonville and the Treasure Coast. Our clinics are located in the following areas: Oakridge, Lake Underhill, Winter Garden, Lake Mary, Kissimmee (The Loop), Oviedo, Doctor Phillips, Apopka, St. Cloud, West Melbourne, Port St Lucie, Jacksonville & Mandarin Jacksonville.

Each center provides patients with on-site laboratory, radiology services, patient observation areas, procedure rooms for the treatment of lacerations and fractures, IV access and spinal taps. We treat minor broken bones, sprains, fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and ear, nose and throat infections. We also treat asthma and respiratory illnesses, as well as chronic conditions such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease and colitis. For more information about Night Lite Pediatrics, visit www.nightlitepediatrics.com 

Night Lite Pediatrics (NLP) Urgent Care is pleased to announce the opening of their newest location in Port St. Lucie, FL.

Night Lite Pediatrics (NLP) Urgent Care is pleased to announce the opening of their newest location in Port St. Lucie, FL.
Night Lite Pediatrics (NLP) Urgent Care is pleased to announce the opening of their newest location in Port St. Lucie, FL.

ORLANDO, Fla., June 19- Night Lite Pediatrics (NLP) Urgent Care is pleased to announce the opening of their newest location in Port St. Lucie, FL. NLP, which prides itself on providing exceptional pediatric care had their soft opening of their Port St. Lucie clinic on May 25 with its grand opening scheduled for Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m-1 p.m.

The grand opening celebration will commemorate with a ribbon cutting at 11a.m. followed by a tour of the new location, refreshments, giveaways and fun-filled activities. This event is open to all community members and medical professionals in the area.

Night Lite Pediatrics newest clinic is located on 131 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd with hours of operation from 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on the weekends.

Fully staffed with pediatric medical professionals and equipped with an on-site laboratory, x-rays, and procedure rooms. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointments are needed.

“We are truly excited about this expansion and being able to bring our model of providing compassionate, convenient and cost-effective pediatric healthcare to the treasure coast area. Over the past 14 years NLP has grown to 13 locations in the Orlando Metro area- which is a testament to the quality of medical care that we will be providing to the families of Port St Lucie.” said Dr. Ayodeji B. Otegbeye, Partner at Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care.

For more information about Night Lite Pediatrics Port St. Lucie location, visit www.nightlitepediatrics.com or call (772) 804-1580

About Night Lite Pediatrics

Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care is Central Florida’s leading after-hours pediatric practice for outpatient urgent medical care for children and adolescents. We provide after hour pediatric services seven days a week, for patients from newborn-21 years of age. Operated and managed by critical care pediatric doctors, our services are offered throughout the Orlando Metro and the Treasure Coast areas at the following locations: Oakridge, Lake Underhill, Winter Garden, Lake Mary, Kissimmee (The Loop), Oviedo, Doctor Phillips, Apopka, St. Cloud, West Melbourne and Port St. Lucie.

Each center provides patients with on-site laboratory, radiology services, patient observation areas, procedure rooms for the treatment of lacerations and fractures, IV access and spinal taps. We treat minor broken bones, sprains, fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, and ear, nose and throat infections. We also treat asthma and respiratory illnesses, as well as chronic conditions such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s disease and colitis. To learn more about Night Lite Pediatrics and our services, please visit us www.nightlitepediatrics.com

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Apopka

East Orlando

  • 11325 Lake Underhill Rd #103 Orlando, FL 32825
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Kissimmee (The Loop)

Lake Mary

  • 3801 W. Lake Mary Blvd #123, Lake Mary, FL 32746
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Oak Ridge

  • 5900 South John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32839
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Oviedo

Turkey Lake

  • 8956 Turkey Lake Rd Suite 950, Orlando, FL 32819
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St Cloud

  • 2322 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34744
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Winter Garden

Jacksonville Beach Blvd

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Port St Lucie

  • 131 SW Port St Lucie Blvd, Port St Lucie, FL 34984
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West Melbourne

  • 145 Palm Bay Road NE, West Melbourne, FL 32904
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